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New dates for Toyko Olympics announced

Clash with Tour de France almost guarantees absence of top time-trial riders from 2021 race

Joe Robinson
30 Mar 2020

The Tokyo Olympics will now start on 23rd July 2021 following postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even after being pushed back by a year, the Games will still conflict with the Tour de France, scheduled to finish on Sunday 25th July 2021, but the Tour will not overlap with the Olympic road race or time-trial.

The new dates for the Olympics were announced following a meeting of the executive board on Monday morning with the Paralympics being rescheduled from 25th August 2020 to 24th August 2021.

These new dates were agreed after considerations were made to not clash with major sporting events. It is reported dates in the spring were also an option.

Both sets of games will remain named Toyko 2020 despite the change of date.

Still overlapping with the Tour de France, this means that we are likely to see some of cycling's biggest riders remain absent from the Tour for a second year in order fully prepare for the Games.

Riders such as Rohan Dennis, Victor Campaenaerts and Remco Evenepoel were all planning on skipping the Tour in order to travel to Tokyo early for acclimatisation and route reconnaissance.

With the postponement of the Tour in 2020 growing increasingly likely and these riders likely to follow similar race programmes in 2021, it is likely that some of the leading riders in the world will opt to skip the Tour for the Olympics again.